About Knutson & Associates

Sharon Knutson | Owner/Broker

Sharon Knutson grew up on the beautiful Hawaiian Island of Maui, consistently around the warm feelings of Aloha, locals provide in the islands. Being a firm believer of Aloha, she has integrated this philosophy into Knutson & Associates.

 

Sharon attended the University of Hawaii, focusing on Accounting and Finance. She was first licensed at the age of eighteen on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Her career in real estate started with commercial sales in Downtown Honolulu.

Sharon is a third generation Realtor in her family owned business. Sharon was the Broker in Charge of Knutson & Associates for many years, all while raising 3 kids, and 2 dogs. Family is very important to Sharon; This reflects in the relationships she has with her clients. Values like trust and honesty are the foundation aspects, Knutson & Associates thrive on. Sharon emphasizes that at Knutson & Associates, we speak Aloha!

 

Sharon Knutson, PB License# R(B)-18518

Knutson & Associates

knutson@aloha.net

Office: (808) 329-1010

Blake Kessner | Principal Broker/Owner

Blake Kessner is the Owner/Principal Broker at Knutson & Associates, who is also son of Sharon Knutson, the other Owner of Knutson & Associates. He is the grandson to Marilyn Knutson, founder of the company.

 

Blake was born and raised right here in Kona, Hawaii. After graduating high school, he left the island to go to Seattle, Washington. He attended the University of Washington & graduated with a bachelors in Business Management.

 

All while attending college, Blake worked his way up the corporate ladder in Hotel Management, for major brands such as Marriott & Hilton. His specialty was in operations, where he held division head roles. He has in depth experience overseeing operations of Front Office, Valet Parking, Security, Accounting & Finance, & Housekeeping.

 

Blake moved back to the Big Island of Hawaii to pursue Real Estate Sales & Property Management for Vacation Rental & Long Term Properties. He is a fourth generation Realtor in a family owned business. He specializes with investment clients & first time home buyers. Blake always gives his clients his 110%. He believes in strong communication throughout the transaction, always keeping people well informed. Standing apart the rest is important to Blake..He has numerous designations & certifications in the Real Estate Industy, empowering him to be a invaluable resource to his clients. 

 He understands & advocates that being detail oriented is crucially important in this industry. With the market constantly evolving, he pays close attention to how changes will not only affect our Real Estate firms, but our clients as well.

​With a strong passion to always strive for the best in all areas of his life, Blake continues to create new goals for himself. He is a fitness enthusiast who has a passionate interest in weight lifting, running, soccer & dance.

CERTIFICATIONS & DESIGNATIONS

 MEMBER OF THE INSTITUTE FOR LUXURY HOME MARKETING

 SRS: SELLER REPRESENTATIVE SPECIALIST

 ABR: ACCREDITED BUYER'S REPRESENTATIVE

 RSPS: RESORT & SECOND-HOME PROPERTY SPECIALIST

 PSA: PRICING STRATEGY ADVISOR

 RENE: REAL ESTATE NEGOTIATION EXPERT

 CRB: CERTIFIED REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE MANAGER

 SFR: SHORT SALES & FORECLOSURE RESOURCE

 E-PRO: CERTIFIED

Blake Kessner, BIC License# R(B)-22317

Knutson & Associates

blakekessner@gmail.com

Office: (808) 329-1010

Cell: (808) 987-9295

Jenae Patterson | REALTOR® Salesperson and Head Property Manager

Jenae Patterson was born and raised in Kailua, on the island of Oahu.  She lived in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii for around 2 years while attending school and has been a frequent visitor of the island since day one.  After graduating high school she moved to Seattle, Washington to pursue job opportunities, further education, and to diversify her knowledge of culture within the nation.  She resided there for around 5 years before making the decision to move back to Hawaii.

 

Jenae very much enjoys expanding her knowledge of the world and traveling.  She has visited five different countries before the age of 18 and has been to Europe twice.  She desires to travel more in the future but is currently focusing on her career.  Her other hobbies/interests include playing guitar, art, physics, and engineering.

 

When moving back to the Big Island she decided to make a change in careers to move towards accounting.  With a background in restaurant management she possesses excellent communication and organization skills.  She has an enthusiasm for numbers and mathematics which made her a keen fit for an accounting role.  Originally hired as the accountant for Knutson and Associates she acquired her real estate license to pursue Sales and Property Management.  With her knowledge of the rental market and property management accounting she is a perfect fit for investment buyers. 

 

Jenae has an exemplary eye for detail and takes a large amount of pride in her work, she always strives to deliver the best service possible for her clients.  She is interested in all parts of Real Estate including residential, land, and commercial.  With an unquenchable thirst for knowledge she is always educating herself on developments within the Real Estate industry to best serve her clients.

Jenae Patterson has been an incredible asset to Knutson and Associates, as well as being an all-around good hearted person.  She would be an excellent choice for representation who you would be able to trust in to look out for your best interests.

 

Jenae Patterson, R(S) License #76980

Knutson & Associates

jenaepatterson12@gmail.com

Office: (808) 329-1010

Cell: (808) 221-3119

 

Kyle Nishiyama | REALTOR® Salesperson

Kyle Nishiyama has spent 10 years living in Hawaii studying his family's history and falling in love with Polynesian Culture. Through extensive inner-island travel and exploration Kyle embodies the true sense of Aloha. With a widely successful career in Hospitality Management in Hawaii, Kyle's devotion to client satisfaction is second to none. "My only goal is to embrace every person I meet and leave a lasting impression. "​

 

Kyle Nishiyama, R(S) License #81599

Knutson & Associates

kyle@kylenishiyama.com

Office: (​808) 329-1010

Cell: (808) 725-1574

Joanne Maltezo | REALTOR® Salesperson

Joanne Maltezo​ represents North/South Kona & South Kohala. Her 17 years in the hospitality industry brings her the discipline and knowledge in providing excellent customer service, attention to detail, & patience. Her outgoing personality keeps her clients comfortable. She's a excellent match for finding the perfect dream home for her clients.

 

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Joanne knows everything there is to know about her locations.

 

She loves meeting people every day and will work tirelessly for your best interest.

 

While not assisting clients, she spends her time with her lovely teenage daughter traveling, cooking and enjoying her friends.

 

 

Joanne Maltezo, R(S) License #80449

Knutson & Associates

jmaltezo16@yahoo.com

Office: (808) 329-1010

Cell: (808) 756-8525

Lisa Folden | REALTOR® Salesperson

A Long time resident of the Big Island, Lisa has been a Real Estate professional for 13 years. Within that time she has worked with investors as well as local families buying and selling their properties. Lisa understands the Hawaiian culture and will guide you though the process with Aloha.

 

Lisa is known for her extensive market knowledge and her unmatched devotion to clients. Her success is based almost exclusively on positive referrals. She earns the respect of her customers by working tirelessly on their behalf and by always offering them candid advice. 

 

In her spare time Lisa is an active Rotarian and currently the President of her Kona Mauka club. She has served on many boards in the community and was a Director for 2 years with West Hawaii Association of Realtors. Lisa recently was given the coveted award for #1 Realtor by West Hawaii Today.  

 

 

Lisa Folden, R(S) License #70711

Knutson & Associates

lisankona@gmail.com

Cell: (808) 987-4444

Mark Trahan|  REALTOR® Salesperson

Born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, Mark is a veteran of the United Air Force serving overseas in Desert Fox and in support of Operating Southern & Northern watch between 1996-2000. After military service, He graduated in 2004 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a BS in Accounting. During his 12 year Accounting career, he worked for Fortune 500 companies where multitasking and attention to detail were paramount traits that set him apart from his peers.

Mark has been in the Big Island now for 4 1/2 years. Initially working in Accounting, his career change couldn’t have come at a better time. With 4 years of property management experience, Mark joins the Knutson’s team from a small boutique company. With his vast experience in each aspect of property management, he will be a valued asset to the Knutson & Associates Team. Aloha ya’ll

 

Mark Trahan, R(S) License #81774

Knutson & Associates

markwithknutson@gmail.com

Office: (​808) 445-9363

Cell: (808) 763-9914 

Dominique Miller| Sales & Property Management Assistant

Dominique Miller was born and raised in Northern California and moved to the beautiful state of Hawaii almost 15 years ago. Since a young age Dominique has come from a family owned and operated property management company based in California. During her time here on the island she studied at the University of Hawaii with degrees in both Culinary Arts and Business Management. With degrees specializing in hospitality she will provide a personal based connection with each owner, guest, and tenant to ensure that all needs are met. Loving and living Aloha is not just a saying for Dominique, it is a way of life. She believes in family values and that each and every client will become part of the knutson family. When Dominique is not in the office you can find her with family and fur family enjoying all the beautiful views this island has to offer.  

Dominique Miller, R(S) License #84111

Knutson & Associates

nikkiwithknutson@gmail.com

Office: (​808) 329-1010

Mija Johnson| Property Manager: Accounting & Real Estate Sales

Mija, was born in Colorado and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii since age two. Each summer she would get to enjoy either Colorado or Alaska with her family. Experiencing the beauty of Hawaii Island and outer states has created a love of travel and a free-spirited way of life. With a personality of gold, she loves socializing and meeting people of different walks of life.   She has a strong background in Hospitality, Contracts, Accounting, Notary Public, and Escrow. Mija is excited to thrive in the real estate industry with Knutson & Associates starting her career with our company in Property Management in the Accounting Division.   

Mija Johnson, R(S) License #84310

Knutson & Associates

mijawithknutson@gmail.com

Office: (​808) 445-9362

Tim Leach| Assistant Property Manager: Maintenance

Tim was born in Dallas, Texas but raised in Seattle, Washington. He is a 2021 graduate from Washington State University where he also worked in hospitality while in school.  The rain from Washington pushed him away and onto the Big Island of Hawaii where his aspirations of working in real estate have come true.  He had been to Hawaii a couple times before while on vacation until he ultimately decided to move his whole life over to the sunny weather.  Tim’s consistency of hard work and dedication make him valuable to our company as he strives to make every client happy. Although most of Tim’s background comes from hospitality, he is excited and optimistic to expand his knowledge in the real estate field.

 

Tim Leach

Knutson & Associates

timwithknutson@gmail.com

 Office: (​808) 445-9363

Shyya Hao| Quality Assurance Manager: Head Inspector

Shyya is an essential part of Knutson & Associates. Shyya inspects our Vacation Rental Properties. Whether it be for an Arrival or Departure, her attention to detail is exceptional. Shyya helps ensure the Physical Integrity of our properties is upheld to our standards.  

 

Shyya Hao

Knutson & Associates

shyyawithknutson@gmail.com

Office: (​808) 329-1010

 

Ellen Liu| Property Management & Sales Assistant

Ellen Liu is born and raised in Tulsa Oklahoma, coming to the Big Island in 2021. Ellen has come from a family that works in property management and was born into a entrepreneurial family. Her passion of real estate started at an early age from her family business. Her ability of communication, determination, and dedication will cater to the people around her. During the time on the island she has learned the importance of Ohana and the significance of helping other people. Ellen’s goals are to focus on pursuing her real estate career and to make sure people’s needs are met. Honesty, integrity, along with determination and dedication, are philosophies that Ellen strives for in all aspects of her life. 

 

Ellen Liu

Knutson & Associates

ellenwithknutson@gmail.com

 Office: (​808) 329-1010

Lia Bicardo| Property Manager: Reservations & Revenue Management

 

Growing up on the Big Island of Hawaii, Lia is no stranger to the amazing aloha state. Practically born and raised on the island, Lia began to pursue her passion for real estate at a young age. She moved to California with her family in 2017, and after graduating high school, she gained her salesperson license in the Golden State at 18 years. It was here that she practiced her real estate salesperson skills, before deciding to move back to her true home in Hawaii in 2021.

Lia has always had a strong passion for animals and writing; in her free time, she has always spent time volunteering at various ranches and sanctuaries, as well as working on several books. During high school she published 6 books, which are available on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles; now, she enjoys freelance writing for her friends and family. Lia also has an extensive background in animal care and horse riding, going as far as competing in several Dressage and Barrel Racing competitions. Today, Lia volunteers at several ranches and sanctuaries here on the island, where she loves to give back to our amazing state.

Lia has a strong love for our community here on the Big Island, and loves to give back to our island however and wherever she can. Growing up with the amazing culture of the islands has taught her the spirit of aloha, and to treat everyone with respect and positivity. With this same passion, Lia wants to help you with any of your housing needs, in whatever way she can. 

 

Lia Barcardo

Knutson & Associates

liawithknutson@gmail.com

 Office: (​808) 329-1010

Stephanie Kessner| Property Management & Sales Assistant

 

Stephanie Kessner is the Daughter of Sharon Knutson, the Owner of Knutson & Associates and the Sister of Blake Kessner, the other Owner/PB at Knutson & Associates. She is the Granddaughter to Marilyn Knutson, the woman who made Knutson & Associates a reality.

 

Stephanie was born and raised in Kailua-Kona. After graduating high school, she moved to Hilo and attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo. After completing a full year there majoring in Administrative Justice and Hotel Management she moved back to Kona and shortly after that she decided to

move to the Island of Oahu, where she was accepted into the Paralegal Program at Kapiolani Community College. She graduated from the Paralegal Program with an Associates Degree in Paralegal Science. 

 

Stephanie decided after graduating she would move back home to Kailua Kona. Where she would find a job at a Law Firm in Kona. While she searched for that job, she was hired at Office Max and worked in the Print Center. She excelled while working there because she previously had many years of experience working in the Customer Service Industry. She worked for Office Max for just shy of 3 years, when she finally landed the job she had been searching for all along, the job at a Law Firm. Stephanie jumped at the opportunity to have this job and started working for the Firm that specialized in the Laws of Copyright, Trademark, and Litigation. All these types of Laws were new to Stephanie but she was always up for  

a challenge and she excelled her knowledge further of the different types of Laws and gained more important Skills that will forever benefit her in any job she has in Life.

 

Stephanie has now decided after working for the Law Firm for the last 5 years, she will now join her Family Business at Knutson & Associates Real Estate Company. She is excited for the future and her new career path in Property Management and Sales.

 

Stephanie Kessner

Knutson & Associates

stephaniewithknutson@gmail.com

 Office: (​808) 329-1010